May 19, 2022

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Ukraine officially closes seaports seized by Russia |  Ukraine and Russia

Ukraine officially closes seaports seized by Russia | Ukraine and Russia

The Ukraine On Monday, Ukraine’s Ministry of Agriculture said it had officially closed its four ports on the Black Sea and Azov, which were occupied by Russian forces.

The ministry said in a statement that the ports of Mariupol, Berdyansk, Skadovsk and the Black Sea port of Kherson were closed “until control is restored”.

“The adoption of this procedure is due to the impossibility of servicing ships and passengers, carrying out freight, transportation and other related economic activities, and ensuring an adequate level of navigation safety,” he said.

All Ukrainian seaports suspended their activities as a result of the Russian invasion in late February. Russian forces captured some ports and closed others.

Fishermen at the water’s edge with the mineral Azovstal plant in the background – Photo: Alexander Ermochenko / REUTERS

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Monday that Ukraine Tens of millions of tons of grain could be lost due to Russia’s control of shipping in the Black Sea, leading to a food crisis that will affect Europe, Asia and Africa.

The ministry said last week that grain exports from Ukraine It reached 45.709 million tons in the 2021/202 season.

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